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Sounds, Symbols And Spellings - Adam Brown

Sounds, Symbols And Spellings

Book with Other Items Published: 30th September 2006
ISBN: 9780071247726
Number Of Pages: 160

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The English spelling system is based on the alphabetic principle, that letters in the spelling represent individual consonant and vowel sounds in the pronunciation. However, for various reasons, many of them related to the history of the language, the English spelling system is perhaps the worst example of an alphabetic system in existence. As a result, transcription systems for representing the pronunciation of English in a one-to-one way have had to be devised. Sounds, Symbols and Spellings explains the rationale for, and gives familiarisation practice in the symbols of the transcription system used in all good modern British English dictionaries. The book '¢ deals exclusively with British English, and varieties of English that pattern like British English; '¢ explains and practises phonemic symbols, without delving into phonetic description more deeply than most readers will need; '¢ covers individual consonant and vowels sounds, syllable structure and stress, all of which have a bearing on phonemic transcriptions; '¢ includes the major sound-to-spelling correspondences of English; '¢ comprises many fun and interesting tasks with answer keys to help readers learn the symbols and the sounds they represent; '¢ has an accompanying audio CD, with examples of the sounds, and answer keys; and '¢ contains tips for readers who are teachers to compose similar tasks. Non-native learners of the English language as well as native speakers who need to be familiar with transcription, will find this book useful.

Consonant and vowel sounds
Names of letters of the alphabet
The priority of spoken language
The alphabetic principle
The history of English spelling
Confusing letters with sounds
Strategies for finding the pronunciation of unfamiliar words
British English as a reference accent
'The IPA'
Minimal pairs
Sounds and frequencies
Homophones and homographs
Stress and schwa
Word stress
Secondary stress
The schwa vowel
Stress in grammatical words
Schwa in connected speech
Syllable structure
Parts of a syllable
Onsets and slips of the tongue
Syllable structure rules
Practice tasks
Tips for correct transcription
General pointers
Literacy and spelling reform
Spelling reform
Answer keys
Further reading and websites
Contents of the CD
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ISBN: 9780071247726
ISBN-10: 0071247726
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Book with Other Items
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 30th September 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1